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Goldschmidt, Berthold: Letzte Kapitel (Final Chapters) op. 15 (1930-31) 9'
two settings of poems by Erich Kastner for chamber chorus, speaker, piano and percussion

Music Text

Erich Kastner (G,E), English translations by the composer and Bernard Keeffe

Scoring

chamber chorus-speaker-pft-timp-perc(4):glsp/xyl/tgl/wdbl/SD/BD/cyms/tam-t

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Territory

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

World Premiere

28/10/1984
Murztaler Werkstatt, Murztaler
Wiener Chor 'La Cappella' / Sibyl Gneis-Urbancic

Repertoire Note



Goldschmidt composed these two settings of satires by Erich Kästner (author of Emil and the Detectives) in 1931 but they remained unperformed until 1984. The first, A Masked Ball in the Mountains, describes a party in which the guests, representatives of a shallow, bourgeois society, are swept away by an avalanche, while the second, Letzte Kapitel, is Kästner’s prediction of a world annihilated by chemical warfare in the year 2003. Although not an overtly ‘political’ work, the socio-topical concerns of Letzte Kapitel are as relevant today as they were in the 1930s.



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